Reuse garden wins supreme award

20:41, Mar 05 2013
Ben Hoyle design
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: A new piece from last year's People's Choice Award winner Ben Hoyle.
Adam Shuter design
DRIFTWOOD: Adam Shuter of Shuter Design Co with sculpted moa.
Johanna Blakely
FINAL TOUCHES: Johanna Blakely readies her joint display with Max Campfen before judging begins on Monday afternoon.
WELCOME: Amongst the invited guests officially welcomed to the grounds are two judges from Singapore, sitting on the right of the photo - Lawrence Leong and Alan Tan.
Rebecca Hammonds
REVOLUTON: Rebecca Hammonds and Brian MacKenzie with the creation Revolutionising Reuse from Rebecca and Grant Stephens business H and S Landscapes.
Scotty Fletcher on his site, Floating Transitions.
Lincolin University entrants Gina Langridge, left, and Nicola Martin.
Revolutionising Reuse, by Grant Stephens and Rebecca Hammond.
Gold winner Revolutionising Reuse by Rebecca Hammond (pictured) and Grant Stephens.
A fantail on the Revolutionising Reuse display.
Terra Viva.
Celebrating 150 years: The Christchurch Botanic Gardens birthday cake.
The Glowing Forest by Andy Ellis, Danny Kamo and Weta Workshop's Jonny Fraser-Allen.
The Glowing Forest by Danny Kamo, left, Andy Ellis and Weta Workshop's Jonny Fraser-Allen.
Ben Hoyle with his garden, A French Kiss in Akaroa.
Raumati South School's garden with Gus Aikin, 12, on the bike, Jack Mitchell, 11, front, and Josh Tristran, 10, rear.
Revolutionising Reuse - supreme winners
SUPREME WINNERS: Grant Stephens and Rebecca Hammond from H&S landscapes with their garden Revolutionising Reuse
Yunke Cui
GOING GREEN: Yunke Cui models her own design for the fashion show.
Bayley Luu Tomes and his mother Haluu Tomes
LIVING ART: Bayley Luu Tomes and his mother Haluu Tomes with their winning garden, Living Art
Ellerslie Flower Show 2013
People line up to get into the Ellerslie Flower Show.

A garden inspired by clever reuse has won the Judges' Supreme Award at this year's Ellerslie International Flower Show.

Convenor of Judges Andrew Fisher Tomlin said the garden Revolutionising Reuse designed by Christchurch's Rebecca Hammond and Grant Stephens (H & S Design) stood out amongst the other exhibits.

The pair also took out the Supreme Design award for the show Ellerslie Flower Show opens to the public at 10am today.

The other gold-winning gardens were Weta Workshop's Johnny Fraser-Allan with Andy Ellis and Danny Kamo; UK designers Harfleet, Fisher Tomlin and Harfleet; the Auckland City Council; CPIT bachelor of architectural studies students; Christchurch's Terra Viva; Wellington landscape design student Bayley LuuTomes and Wellington designer Ben Hoyle.

Tomlin said there was no distinct theme this year, "each designer has followed their own heart".

"We have a vastly diverse range, from gardens like Revolutionising Reuse with amazing recycled elements, to sophisticated and slick gardens like Modern Day Moa.

"I am very impressed by the big ideas and simple messages this year's designers are showing at Ellerslie. They demonstrate a deep understanding of core design values, as well as high quality material finish and horticultural excellence."

"I am a firm believer in new designers leading the way and with so many innovative new takes on gardens at Ellerslie this year I can see people saying, 'I never expected that, but I could do it at home'."

Singled out for silver distinction medals were Auckland designers Adam Shuter and Tony Murrell, Christchurch designers Jay Van Lent and Stephen Mapletoft and the Otorohanga Council for its colourful floral Buzzy Bee.

Otorohanga has successfully branded itself as New Zealand's official Kiwiana Town and choose the classic children's toy as the theme for its award-winning garden.


Silver medals went to Kapiti Coast children from Raumati South Primary School and Christchurch landscaper Scott Fletcher, Lincoln University's Ryan Morton, the Asburton District Council and a second team of CPIT bachelor of architectural studies students.

In the Hort Galore category, gold medals were awarded to Christchurch Woodturners' Association for their Alice's Adventures in Woodland: After the tea party, the NZ Alpine Society and the Christchurch Bonsai Society.

The Floral Art category gold went to Annika Horgan, from Nectar in Tai Tapu.

The Auckland City Council took top honours in the Zealandia National Flower Bed competition for its Auckland, the City of Sails themed garden which included a sailing dinghy cutting through the sparkling water of the Waitemata Harbour.

The Ashburton District Council received a silver medal for its themed garden which picks up on the district's role as a leading centre for harness racing and is called Harness Jewels, complete with a horse and sulky.

Full results

Supreme award:

● Revolutionising Reuse - Grant Stephens & Rebecca Hammond, H & S Design, Christchurch

Exhibition Gardens:


● A French Kiss in Akaroa - Ben Hoyle, Blue Gecko, Wellington
● Sometimes you need to see what's behind you - Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Tom & Paul Harfleet, UK
● Revolutionising Reuse - Grant Stephens & Rebecca Stewart, H & S Design, Christchurch

Retail Garden:


Casa Viva - Terra Viva, Christchurch

Emerging designs - Student designer of the year


● Living Art - Bayley LuuTomes, BLT Design, Wellington
● Framed - CPIT students

Zealandia National Flower Beds:

GOLD - The City of Sales, Auckland City Council

Floral Art Individual:


● Flowers Always Inspire, Megan Parker
Floral Art 3 X 3s:

● Rainbow Tornado - Annika Horgan, Nectar Florist

Young Apprentice Florists of the year 2013:

Silver Distinction:

● Hollie Sarten, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland
Hort Galore:


● Alice in Wonderland - Christchurch Woodturners Association
● Plant portraits - New Zealand Alpine Garden Society


- open from 10am to 7pm Wednesday to Sunday

- food and drink can be bought on the site

- general adult tickets are $35, children $5

- visit the Ellerslie Flower Show website for more details

The Press